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  • UPDATE – Provincial announcement regarding public libraries and pickups


    We greatly appreciate the Province’s announcement that as part of the first phase of reopening libraries can begin to offer pick-up or delivery of materials. 

    There is a lot of work to do be able to offer these services while ensuring the safety of our employees and our customers. Our plan to resume our physical services needs to account for physical distancing requirements, provision of personal protective equipment, enhanced sanitary controls, and new protocols for employees and customers. We are working on offering holds pick-ups as soon as we can safely do so.  

    We will be communicating all new developments in our service offering to you on all our platforms, as soon as we have updates. 

    Thank you for your patience as we move through this rapidly evolving situation. 


    OPL branches, Bookmobile stops and Homebound delivery services are closed until June 30, 2020. The closure is in response to advice from Ottawa Public Health (OPH) with regards to COVID-19 (coronavirus) for the health and safety of our community. We will continue to monitor the situation and reassess as the situation evolves. Currently, please note:  

    • Due dates for all currently checked out materials have been extended and late fees suspended.
    • Book drops are not available since branches are closed. Hold on to OPL items and return them when branches reopen. 
    • Holds are suspended, and pick up expiry dates extended. This includes interlibrary loans (ILL).
    • Meeting room rentals are cancelled, and fees are being refunded; and
    • Computer bookings, programs, events and outreach activities are cancelled.
    • Expired cards, or those about to expire, have been extended. 

    You can use the Library online:

    We thank you for your patience and support, and we look forward to seeing you online and in person again soon.

Meet the GG 2015 English-Language finalists in Children's Literature!


Each year, The Governor General’s Literary Awards (the GG) honour the best Canadian English and French books in seven categories:Fiction, Children’s Literature (text), Children’s Literature (illustrated books) , Drama, Poetry, Non-fiction and Translation. The Winners of the GG-Canada's national literary awards will be announced on October 28,2015 .

Click on an image below to learn more about the 2015 English-Language finalists in the Children’s Literature:

Children’s Literature – Text

Children's Literature (Illustrated Books)

Please check out Canada Council for the Arts website to see the full finalists:

Image: Audrey (cow)

Audrey (cow)

An Oral Account of A Most Daring Escape, Based More or Less on A True Story
By Bar-el, Dan
Image: The Gospel Truth

The Gospel Truth

By Pignat, Caroline
Image: Sidewalk Flowers

Sidewalk Flowers

By Lawson, JonArno
Image: Bug in A Vacuum

Bug in A Vacuum

By Watt, Mélanie